Queen of the West, a born-again riverboat, returns to the Columbia and Snake

Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

American Cruise Lines, which specializes in river trips on small ships, has renovated its Queen of the West riverboat and returned it to service, sailing on the Columbia and Snake rivers from Portland, Ore.

The 230-foot-long, 120-passenger boat was built in 1995, removed from service late last year and resumed sailing on May 14. It’s doing seven-night itineraries between Portland and Clarkston, Wash., through at least Nov. 19. Most cabins are priced at $3,695 to $4,595 per person, based on double occupancy. Single fares typically run $4,485 to $4,885.

In updating the vessel, the cruise line reduced its capacity from 150 passengers to 120.

“We wanted to be able to make the staterooms larger,” said public relations manager Britt Rabinovici. “We also added more single staterooms, since we’ve been seeing more demand from single passengers.”


In all, the Guilford, Conn.-based company operates six vessels in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, on the Mississippi and on the East Coast. The vessels, all built in the U.S. since 1995, can variously hold 49 to 120 passengers.

A seventh ship, the 140-passenger Queen of the Mississippi, is to join the fleet next year. American’s cruises typically last six, seven or 14 days.

Info: American Cruise Lines, (800) 460-4518